HELP WANTED. Enterprising attorneys can score big money and national repute by tackling some very obvious cases that their learned colleagues have apparently overlooked.
STILL PLAYING COWBOYS. Nevada’s accidental attorney general and wannabe governor Adam Laxalt refuses to enforce the firearm background check law passed by voters last November. The feds refuse the work, especially without extra funding.
Now, very slowly read and re-read the following. Under Nevada law, all private party gun transfers, including those at shooter shows, require a federal background check. No such background checks are available. Therefore, all such gun transactions in Nevada are illegal and cannot take place until the feds relent. Slam dunk. Non-feasance in office charges to follow.
STILL STEALING MONEY: 182,000 Silver State workers labor under union contracts. Because a 1952 law (mislabeled “right to work”) makes union dues optional, about 36,000, one in five, take a free ride. Nevada’s unions must do a good job because other states with “right to work for less” statutes can have up to four in ten ripping off dues-paying union members.
Unions are legally required to expend member money and resources representing freeloaders. This is an unconstitutional taking of private property. Self-respecting conservatives should be appalled, especially as Tsar Donaldov Vladimirovitch has a national version in the pipeline (HR 785). Slam dunk, too.
ADIOS, ALBERTA. Longtime Reno-Sparks NAACP activist Alberta Rederford passed away at Renown Med last Friday. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. with services at 10:30 this Wednesday, April 5, at Immaculate Conception Church, 2900 N. McCarran, Sparks. The story of a life well-lived and heartfelt remembrances will be posted at RenoSparksNAACP.org/
May graceful, beautiful Alberta rest in power and peace.
THE ENVELOPES, PLEASE. Former Sen. Joe Neal, D- North Las Vegas, inducted retired Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson into the César Chávez NevadaLabor.com Hall of Fame last Wednesday.
That got me thinking about the Barbwire Molly Ivins Memorial Columniator Hall of Fame which has only two requirements: Impactful writing and deceased status. Only six Nevadans stand immoralized therein. It’s time to waive the rules for a lucky seventh, my longtime Tribune colleague in columny Jake Highton.
His widely published and prolific writings pale in comparison to his impact on generations of UNR journalism students. Every one I’ve met or labored alongside remarked upon Jake’s awesome influence.
So welcome aboard, old son. You’re Lucky No. 7 while still around to enjoy it. We’ll work on the Nevada Press Association HOF right after Don Dondero gets voted in.
BACK TO THE FUTURE DEPT. As an analog man in a digital world, I occasionally find myself so far behind the times that I’m ahead of them. I’ve long used two fax machines, one for receiving documented fax, the other for alternative fax.
Gotta prevent cross-contamination in the age of Trump.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 48-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his comments are his own. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.